Post # 1
Whenever I talk to my friends who’ve gotten married in that last while, or when I read the threads about wedding regrets, it seems that it is way more common to regret not splurging than to regret spending too much.
Does anyone regret splurging for that gorgeous dress, that amazing photographer or any other part of the wedding? What about on the rings? Which part??
PS. Just a disclaimer, I may be totally off, and just remembering those comments/threads, since I want an excuse to have EVERYTHING exactly how I want it at my wedding… 😉
Post # 3
If I had a time machine and could fix all the little things that went wrong I wouldn’t even think about it – all the expense and all the little things that went wrong were NO problem. However… I WOULD go back and NOT hire the woman I found on Etsy to do my invitations – it was more than I planned on spending and a total and utter disaster. The thought of what I paid her still puts a pit in my stomach…everything else was basically worth it!
(a very budget-conscious wedding I might add…)
Post # 4
I loved my wedding, but honestly I think it would have been just as special if we had cut back some. I definitely did a lot of DIY projects, looked for the best deal for what we were getting, etc. but in the end we still spent a lot (a least for us). I really liked my wedding dress but looking back I wish I would have found something about 1/2 the cost. Now I’m stuck with a wedding dress that I’m never going to use again – it kind of feels like a waste (I’m trying to sell it with no luck yet).
Post # 5
The items that I really splurged on (chivari chairs, satin linens, florals, lighting) I don’t regret at all. There were a few things that were not necessarily budget-breakders, but probably just unnecessary:
Cocktail Hour Music–we had the string quartet who played our ceremony play for a few hours during cocktail hour. DH and I wanted to spend the cocktail hour alone just the 2 of us, so I have no idea what we were missing.
Cocktail Hour Food–we were pretty efficient with our cocktail hour and kept it just an hour. But we had 2 buffet stations, passed apps, and an open bar. This was before our reception which was a 5 course plated meal. If I’d do it all over again, I’d probably just opt for 1 buffet station and maybe a few more passed apps.
Calligraphy–we had a calligrapher do our escort cards. Gorgeous, but probably could have found a cheaper way to get them done.
Post # 6
We splurged on our top three priorities, and then everything else, we really cut back on. Sometimes looking back, I wish we had splurged on one or two more things for our guests, like a Photobooth, because in the grand scheme of our $25,000 wedding, what was another $1,000? I say this because neither of our two families are big into dancing, so I think the Photobooth would have been a huge hit.
But other than that, we were happy with what we spent. We set the $25K budget, and didn’t go more than $200 over.
Post # 7
I regretted spending the money on my TTD video until I saw it. It’s totally worth the money. I didn’t regret spending the money on my photograophers until I got the pictures. Totally NOT worth the money.
I spent around $130 per person on food because I had my wedding at a country clud with a great view. Since the pictures suck, I wish I would have just had it at the National park in the background and had a catered buffet. Could have saved SO MUCH MONEY. But that’s all I regret spending because I was really really thrifty for the rest of the wedding!
Post # 8
None of the above! I think we did a great job overally… spent a reasonable amount and stuck to our budgets (except for my second dress but luckily I had plenty in my own savings to cover that splurge and it was sooooo worth it!). In the end, it was truly my dream wedding and everyone had a fantastic time — especially my husband and I. I’d do it all over again in heartbeat! 🙂
Post # 9
Hmm there’s no “I’m happy with what I spent” choice! My wedding is expensive, but I think that the money has been well spent. I don’t feel ripped off in any respect, and we stayed well within the range we felt comfortable with.